If you suffer from Bulging or Herniated Discs, arthritis, partial tears in the meniscus of your knee, shoulder rotator cuff problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers elbow, or any painful condition that is non-surgical, then please keep reading.
Class 4 or Deep Tissue Laser Therapy feels warm, and Cold laser therapy feels slightly warm, but not cold.
Here is how Laser therapy works:
When you have a partial torn meniscus, for example, your body goes into a state of inflammation. Scar tissue begins to form, cross linkages of cartilage, connective tissue, and muscle inflammation around the joint as well, including swelling in the joint and lack of cellular sodium and potassium exchange. Basically, when injury happens, your body goes into a state of repair but that repair in itself can cause issues later on like excess buildup of scar tissues, weak muscles, and permanent swelling in some severe cases. Chiropractors and physical therapists have been using laser therapy for about 10 y ears now. Lasers are measured in power and energy output (Joules). Cold Lasers generally have a 0.5 output of power and can generate anywhere from 75 to 200 Joules of energy per treatment. The treatments in a Cold laser setting run about 30-45 minutes with a depth of about 2-3 cm at most. Now here is the BIG difference. Class 4 Lasers or Deep Tissue Lasers generate 8-15 watts of power and 2,500-10,000 Joules of energy per treatment with an average depth of 17-20 cm. So you can see that someone with low back degenerative disc pain would not benefit from Cold Lasers, or even someone with a cervical neck disc pain generator. Also, be careful you get information on the laser the doctor is using and make sure that if you have a serious condition in the spine or even in the shoulder, that the laser is a class 4. Now cold lasers do work it just takes longer and they only work on ankles, wrists, knees, but the larger areas I find that they do not nearly as much. When we picked our class 4 laser up we sold our cold laser. Average price for a cold laser treatment would be from 30-60 where a class 4 laser treatment would range from 60-150 per session.